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September 16th, 2009

King: Accorn is a Criminal Enterprise

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Written by: The Iowa Republican


Congressman Steve King made the following statement yesterday regarding a vote last night in the Senate that denied ACORN from qualifying for federal grant money in the Housing and Urban Development and Transportation appropriations bill. The amendment was introduced by Senator Mike Johanns of Nebraska. King’s statement follows:

Over the past week, we have seen multiple examples of an organization that, in addition to facing charges of voter fraud and tax violations, is willing to facilitate prostitution. These videos have confirmed that ACORN continues to operate as a criminal enterprise.

Nancy Pelosi, John Conyers, Barney Frank and other liberals on Capitol Hill have protected and funded ACORN while blocking Congressional hearings on ACORN’s operations and finances. The Attorney General of the United States needs to investigate with the IRS and perform a complete forensic analysis of the activities and finances of ACORN and its affiliates.

This Senate vote indicates the tide may be turning. Taxpayers are refusing to allow this partisan criminal enterprise to continue its shady practices while collecting taxpayer funds. I commend Senator Johanns for his leadership on this issue, and remain committed to ensuring no more taxpayer dollars are placed in ACORN’s coffers.

About ACORN:

– In June, the Washington Times reported that House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers “backed off his plan to investigate wrongdoing by the liberal activist group ACORN, saying ‘powers that be’ put the kibosh on the idea.”

– ACORN is under investigation in at least 14 states.

– ACORN as an entity was charged with voter fraud in Nevada.

– ACORN has admitted to over 400,000 fraudulent voter registrations in the 2008 election cycle.

– ACORN has received a minimum $53 million in taxpayer dollars since 1994.

– ACORN is eligible to receive as much as $8.5 billion more in federal tax dollars.

– ACORN played a role in the mortgage meltdown by pressuring banks to make bad loans and by brokering them.

– ACORN and its approximately 300 affiliates use the same accounting firm and same mailing address in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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